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Winter Jasmine

January 21, 2017

QuestionWhat is the small almost vining plant that will begin to bloom later this month that has small forsythia-like yellow flowers?  My neighbor and I both have the plant in our yard and every year we argue about what it is.  She thinks it is a type of forsythia and I don't, but I don’t know what it is either.  Can you help?

AnswerThe plant in question is winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum. This low spreading shrub is a good option for covering banks or small slopes, or as a low edging plant. It blooms reliably every winter, with pretty yellow flowers.   It will do well in sun or partial shade.  It roots very easily from branches layered in the soil.  It usually blooms several weeks before forsythia, when people see the yellow blooms, even though the bush is much lower growing, they immediately assume forsythia. 


March 2010

QuestionWhat are some, if any, evergreen flowers like gardenias that deer will leave alone?


AnswerDeer are definitely a problem in Arkansas gardens. We do have a list of deer resistant plants on our website, but if the deer get desperate for food, they occasionally eat some of these as well. Some flowering plants to try include: butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), forsythia, winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), leucothoe, Oregon grape holly (Mahonia), oleander, flowering quince (Chaenomeles japonica) daphne, Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica), spireas, oakleaf hydrangea and mock orange – (Philadelphus sp.).      


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